Jul 28, 2016

    Dr Dre detained briefly in dispute outside home


    DR DRE, who made his name rapping about police brutality before becoming one of the wealthiest entrepreneurs in music, was handcuffed by sheriff's deputies in a dispute near his home, officials said.

    Sheriff's deputies headed on Monday to Dr Dre's exclusive house on the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu after receiving a complaint from a motorist who parked outside the home.

    The latter had alleged that the 51-year-old rap mogul, whose real name is Andre Young, pulled a gun on him as he demanded that he leave.

    "Due to the nature of the call, the person was searched, handcuffed and briefly detained in a patrol car while deputies investigated the incident," the Los Angeles County sheriff's department said.

    But deputies did not find any gun on Dr Dre, an executive at Apple, who said he had been reaching for his phone to record the incident.

    The motorist, however, insisted that Dr Dre threatened him and pursued a citizen's arrest, which is allowed under California law when a private individual witnesses a crime.

    The sheriff's department said it gave Dr Dre a citation in connection with the citizen's arrest but did not take any further action.

    Dr Dre is one of the wealthiest people in the music industry with Apple in 2014 buying his Beats company, best known for its high-end headphones, for US$3 billion (S$4.1 billion).